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Excel Dashboards and Reports. 2nd Edition. Mr. Spreadsheet's Bookshelf

  • ID: 2330975
  • May 2013
  • 432 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Create versatile, engaging dashboards with Excel

Organizations are hungry for data–driven insights, and the need to turn large amounts of data into meaningful information has made building effective dashboards and reports more important than ever. As one of the most powerful and commonly used business tools, Excel is an ideal platform for synthesizing complex data into clear and effective reporting.

This book provides you with the technical know–how to move from reporting your data with simple tables full of dull numbers to creating meaningful and appealing reporting solutions that will wow an audience. You'll learn to analyze large amounts of data, present the results, add interactive controls, design eye–catching visualizations, and connect to external data sources with this one–of–a–kind Excel guide.

Let Mr. Spreadsheet show you how to:

- Effectively analyze and present large volumes of data
- Create eye–catching visualizations
- Improve data visibility from different perspectives
- Add interactivity to slice data into various views on the fly
- Connect to external data sources

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Introduction 1

PART I: Getting Started with Excel Dashboards

Chapter 1: Introducing Dashboards  11

Chapter 2: Table Design Best Practices 29

Chapter 3: Using Excel Sparklines 47

Chapter 4: Chartless Visualization Techniques 61

PART II: Introducing Charts into Your Dashboards

Chapter 5: Excel Charting for the Uninitiated 89

Chapter 6: Working with Chart Series 107

Chapter 7: Formatting and Customizing Charts 131

Chapter 8: Components That Show Trending 171

Chapter 9: Components That Group Data 193

Chapter 10: Components That Show Performance Against a Target 209

PART III: Advanced Dashboarding Concepts

Chapter 11: Developing Your Data Model 225

Chapter 12: Adding Interactive Controls to Your Dashboard 247

Chapter 13: Macro–Charged Reporting 265

PART IV: Pivot Table Driven Dashboards

Chapter 14: Using Pivot Tables 281

Chapter 15: Using Pivot Charts 311

Chapter 16: Adding Interactivity with Slicers 329

Chapter 17: Using the Internal Data Model and Power View 343

PART V: Working with the Outside World

Chapter 18: Integrating External Data into Excel Reporting 365

Chapter 19: Sharing Your Work with the Outside World 381

Index 399

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Michael Alexander is a Microsoft MVP who has written several books on advanced business analysis with Access and Excel, including 101 Ready–To–Use Excel Macros and the Access 2013 Bible. A consultant and developer, he offers workshops and webinars through www.datapigtechnologies.com.

John Walkenbach, aka Mr. Spreadsheet, has written hundreds of articles and over 50 books, including multiple editions of the bestselling Excel Bible. He also created the award–winning Power Utility Pak.

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